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Extended Learning Institute

Montana University System

Xli 2012

New Visions of Learning in a Networked World


Friday Presentation Descriptions 

Welcome to Xli 2012          Roger MacLean

Where We Are and How We Got Here              

1. From Sputnik to the iPad          Rick Hughes
This didn’t all just happen.  Numerous events, inventions and innovations have helped create our networked culture, but it is the convergence of two powerful developments, the democratization of digital toolsets and the hyper-connectivity of the internet that have kicked it into high gear.

2. Keynote: The Education Revolution          Ray Schroeder
Recent developments in open education and open learning are driving the dominant educational paradigm to crisis. Freely available educational resources and learning experiences as well as trends in alternative credentialing are calling into question the tags of the academy. This revolution is framed by advances in learning analytics, adaptive learning approaches and the rise of game based learning. Oppose, adapt or die. The choices are increasingly clear.

The Current Online Learning Environment

1. Opening Up Education          Danielle Wozniak / Brandon Smith
Digital technology and the internet have done much more than automate our educational delivery.  They have created a platform built for innovation that is capable of revolutionizing the learning experience.

2. The System Perspective          Tom Gibson
Statewide and at the campus level there are emerging expectations throughout the Montana University System. From demands for campus specialization to increased sharing of resources, from common courses to alternative scheduling, we find ourselves at a strategic moment where a number of key decisions need to be made.

3. The Student Perspective          Melanie Dekkers/ Cori Riddle
Today’s students learn in an extraordinarily integrated and interactive environment.  For educators to help maximize their potential, it is critical to look at this environment from their perspective.

4. Dynamic Student Support          Sharon O’Hare / Beth Howard
New challenges require new solutions.  The rapidly changing educational environment is motivating the university system to adapt its support services in order to maximize the learning experience for every student.     

The Power of Creativity  

1. Our Expanding Digital Environment          Ritchie Boyd                
The ground is shifting under our feet.  The internet is a venue for rapid innovation and each year brings more powerful devices and applications that open up new pedagogical opportunities.  What we do with these technologies and how we exploit those opportunities will determine the future of education. 

2. Unleashing Our Creative Spirit                    Mark Shogren / Greg Twigg
The democratization of digital technology toolsets has given educators an unprecedented opportunity to engage students in a variety of presentational and interactive ways.  The focus now shifts from learning how to use the technology to tapping into our creativity.

3. The Games People Play           Michael Cassens

It’s no secret that the interactive gaming industry has exploded. With gaming now playing a significant part in the student experience, educators need to have a better understanding of it’s cultural, educational and artistic implications.   

4. The Journey          John Graves
Each of us has had to adapt in one way or another to the technological landscape of the 21st century.  Hear one such story and how opening up to new ways of approaching technology can make a substantial difference in a teaching perspective. 

The Road Ahead

1. Keynote: The Revolution Revisited           Ray Schroeder
We have seen revolutions and their complex revisionings before. How do we make sense of this as we seek to lay strong foundations for education now and in the future?    

2. Wrap up and Audience Discussion            Roger Maclean
‘Openness’ has been explored in a variety of ways over the two days of the conference. Roger MacLean will lead a further exploration of openness in this concluding general audience discussion. Audience members are encouraged to openly ask questions of the panelists and their peers as we address the outstanding topics of the conference. 

3. Audience Discussion: Roger Maclean

Ray Schroeder

Rick Hughes

Barbara Zuck

Peg Wherry

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